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We're Hiring: Upholsterer Job Description and How to Apply

Company Overview

Retro Den’s mission is to help people live life on a beautiful background because surroundings influence quality of life. We do this by offering collaborative interior design, new, vintage, and locally made home furnishings, trusted upholstery services, and an inspirational blog. We assist and empower people in creating beautiful and functional spaces in an approachable and fun way.


Job Overview

A Retro Den Upholsterer works to restore and create custom upholstered furniture using hand tools and his or her knowledge of fabrics and upholstery methods in a creative small business environment. This is a full-time contract position, 40 hours per week.

  • Reads work orders, and applies knowledge and experience with materials to determine types and amounts of materials required to cover workpieces

  • Applies upholstery knowledge and experience to consult on project pricing/bidding

  • Examines furniture frames, upholstery, springs, and webbing to locate defects

  • Plans own work schedule and manages time to accomplish scheduled projects

  • Collaborates with other upholsterers and interior designers on projects

  • Provides own work-related equipment including upholstery sewing machine, saw horses, and hand tools

  • Retrieves and stocks necessary project supplies/materials (e.g., fabric, foam, buttons, piping) from local upholstery suppliers

  • Able to lift and maneuver furniture projects with minimal assistance


Candidate Description

We are looking for a talented and motivated Upholsterer. This person is excited and passionate about providing quality, trusted upholstery services and advice for refreshing heirloom pieces in a modern way. Our ideal candidate enjoys working in a creative, small business environment with a lot of autonomy over his or her daily work schedule.

We are looking for someone with the following training and/or experience:

  • Completed technical training in upholstery at trade school

  • Experience with upholstery techniques either professionally or as hobby

  • Examples of past work

We are looking for someone with the following characteristics:

  • Detail orientation– careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks at a high quality level

  • Dependability– responsible and fulfills obligations in timely manner

  • Integrity– honest and ethical

  • Cooperation– pleasant with co-workers and clients and displays a good-natured, cooperative attitude

  • Initiative– shows a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges


What We Offer

We are a fun, vibrant small business with a passion for vintage + modern interior design. We greatly value our small Retro Den team and work to create a friendly environment that motivates and inspires. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), contract position, $18/hour. Upholsterer is paid by the project, so there is opportunity to earn more with increased skill-level.


How to Apply

Please submit your resume including three references to upholstery@retrodentulsa.com with subject line “I want to be a Retro Den Upholsterer!”